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West Ham United have been linked to a number of players in the media in recent days.

Lyon and France pair Samuel Umtiti and Alexandre Lacazette have both been named as Hammers targets, with Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain also reportedly interested in securing the services of the latter.

Another international player who has seen his name mentioned in conjunction with West Ham is AC Milan’s Colombia striker Carlos Bacca, who is currently preparing to take part in the centennial Copa America tournament.

The Insider understands the Club are on the lookout for new signings to add to that of Norway midfielder Havard Nordtveit, who will join on a free transfer on 1 July, with the intention that any new players markedly improve the strength of the squad.

The Insider has been told that no senior players will be allowed to leave the Boleyn Ground until after their replacements have been secured.

However, the Insider has learned that Hammers do not want to reveal the names of any targets for fear of alerting rival clubs to their interest.

The media have also been speculating over the future of promising England U19 international Reece Oxford, with Manchester United among the clubs rumoured to be interested in securing the 17-year-old’s services.

The Insider has been told that West Ham have no intention of allowing Oxford to leave and are hopeful that the teenager will sign a new long-term contract in the near future.

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